I was able to easily compare the routes into the venue from all five different parking lots using the model above. As you can see, the profile tool was able to depict the distance to travel for the comparison, but more importantly, the amount of vertical distance a visitor must trek to get into the venue. This is especially important for visitors from sea level.
Based on these findings, if you park in the Lower South parking lot you will have by far the furthest distance and most vertical to travel and enter the amphitheater. Compare this with parking in the Upper North parking lot, where the elevation profile shows you will have a much shorter travel time into the venue.
Hopefully this blog can serve as a resource the next time you are trying to decide where to park or get dropped off at Red Rocks park! If you’d like my advice, arrive early and park in the Upper North Lot. Based on this map it is the least effort, and take my word… it has the best tailgate.